YWCA Canberra Clubhouse

Temporary measures due to COVID-19

The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse has re-opened after a temporary closure due to COVID-19. However, at this stage the Clubhouse is no longer a drop-in service. Bookings are required and the number of people permitted in the Clubhouse is now a maximum of eight young people and two staff members.

Usual hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3–6pm.

You can book by emailing youth@ywca-canberra.org.auwith the dates you would like to attend, or by calling 02 6185 2090. We are taking bookings from 15 June to 3 July. If your circumstances change throughout these dates, please email us no later than 12pm the day of the booking.

The Clubhouse is a popular program and we expect that many young people will be excited to return to the space. If we receive more than eight bookings for an afternoon, the afternoon will be split into two sessions and you will be contacted about which session you can attend. The two sessions will be 3 – 4.30pm and 4.30 – 6pm.

Activities that require extensive cleaning or involve contact with the face will not be available.

About the Clubhouse

YWCA Canberra’s Clubhouse is a free, out of school learning space that provides over 400 young people, aged 10 to 18 in the Tuggeranong region with access to the latest technology, as well as mentoring and support to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and music.

The program exists to deliver better socio-economic outcomes for the Tuggeranong community and better STEAM employment outcomes for women and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds. With the essential support from our cross-sector partners, volunteers, Tuggeranong community, and our dedicated staff, our members have access to cutting-edge technology, industry mentors and a supportive environment that fosters their creativity and independent learning almost every week of the year.

Founded in Boston in 1993, the Clubhouse Network now extends across the world, providing 25,000 youth per year access to resources, skills and experience to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.

The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is located in Richardson, in the Tuggeranong region, and is a space where young people can drop by to engage with mentors, embark on new projects, and learn in a safe, friendly and open environment.

Download the YWCA Clubhouse One-year Impact Report to find out more about the great outcomes we’ve seen through the program so far! You can also celebrate with us by downloading this special desktop image.

What can Clubhouse members learn?

The Clubhouse learning approach is designed to empower young people from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners.

At the Clubhouse, members can explore areas such as coding, 3D printing, photography, videography, visual art, green screen effects, music, virtual reality, and more. The Clubhouse also offers a free school holiday program during each school holiday period.

Members can drive their own projects according to their interests and ideas, and the Clubhouse Coordinator provides support and assistance. Clubhouse mentors also engage with members by sharing their experience and knowledge.

The Clubhouse really shows that young people learn best when they can work on projects that they are passionate about and actively engage in designing, creating, and inventing—not just passively receiving information.

Who can be involved?

The Clubhouse is open to anyone aged 10 to 18 in the Tuggeranong area.

Opening hours:

3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday

No prior computer skills are necessary!


Coordinator: Annie-Lea Rowley
Ph: 0406 375 993
Email: AnnieLea.Rowley@ywca-canberra.org.au

Find out more at the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse website.

To find out more about becoming a Clubhouse partner contact caf.team@ywca-canberra.org.au

YWCA Canberra Clubhouse address

Richardson Primary School
May Gibbs Close
Richardson ACT 2905.

2017 Clubhouse Impact Report

Now in its third year, the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse has evolved significantly, and continues to make a difference to the lives of so many young people. We now have 200 members, who have had access to cutting edge technology, industry mentors and environment that fosters their creativity and independent learning almost every week of the year. In this report, you can meet our Clubhouse members and Ambassadors, hear more about other big projects and milestones that we’ve achieved throughout the year, and learn more about our objectives and outcomes.

Download the 2017 Clubhouse Impact Report to meet our Clubhouse members, hear from our Clubhouse Ambassadors and learn more about our objectives and outcomes.

Download: 2017 Clubhouse Impact Report 

2016 Clubhouse Impact Report

In just two years since opening its doors, the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse has gone from strength to strength. 2016 saw significant growth in our membership, to over 180 young people, as well as a stronger focus on outreach, engaging the broader community and the launch of some exciting new projects.

These initiatives are outlined in the 2016 Clubhouse Impact Report, where you can also meet our Clubhouse members, hear from our Clubhouse Ambassadors and learn more about our objectives and outcomes.

Download: 2016 Clubhouse Impact Report